(Sm)Art : Contemplation of Relational Beingness

This visually engaging, complex contemplative tool can unlock your understanding of the relational structuring inherent to existence. With it and curiosity as your guide, you can expand your feel for meanings based on natural feedback between the self and systems large and small. From key states of the self and collective systems, dynamics spring forth, shaping the iterative layers and embedded meanings encountered in complex systems at all scales.

Trace relational meanings in the tool intuitively. Examine a given word/state by its various groupings. A variety of directions, scales, and non-linearities are at play. Consider proximity to other word/states in various directions (row or column) as well as larger groupings and occurrences such as table and color, which bridge sections of multiple tables. The two tables at the top (silver frames) are useful in and of themselves and as legends to the colors and patternings of the groupings below it.

The only prerequisite is this: a willingness to consider that, whatever you think a state (or contemplation itself) means, it's okay to suspend that meaning for a bit and be curious about what relational meanings might look like. How might relational meanings be experienced differently than what you are so far familiar with, and why might it be useful?

ERRATUM: In the Thoughts area, the center bottom block should read "mental content" (not "material content").

Synonymous terms that might be more clear...

  • In the Abstractions/Emotions area, "Abstractions" might be better understood as "Interpretations"
  • "Mystery of the unknown" means "Awe"
  • "Gnosis" is like "Intuition"
  • "Bonding Connection" refers to "Rapport"
  • "Feel Confusion" can be expressed more broadly and accurately as "Feel Disorientation"

Video tour to come

Note about the colors —

For those aware of the color-chakra (bodily energy centers) system, the colors used in the (Sm)Art contemplation tool do correspond. I warn you though that the presentation in this tool in particular is non-linear in relation to a bodily self. Thus it would be inaccurate and frustrating to apply meanings related to body chakras based on the spatial ordering here.